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77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, Shadwell, London E1 7QX
 
 
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Tue, Sat & Sun 10.30am-6pm (kitchen from 12noon-3pm), Wed to Fri 10.30am-11pm (kitchen 12noon-3pm & 6pm-9pm)
 

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Townsend Named after Charles Harrison Townsend, the architect of the grade II listed Whitechapel Gallery in which it sits, Townsend is a modern British restaurant offering seasonal dishes, freshly baked pastries, and wines by the glass. Director Nick Gilkinson, previously of Anglo, has drawn on the talents of ex- Petersham Nurseries head chef Joe Fox to create the light filled restaurant. Dishes include choices of Mayan gold potato with egg yolk, Berkswell and winter truffle or curried veal sweetbread with cauliflower, sprout tops and burnt onion. Main courses include smoky grilled salsify with red cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke and collard greens, and roast venison for two to share followed by Yorkshire rhubarb, pear sorbet and marjoram or ginger and treacle pudding . While natural light pours in from wall to wall sash windows during the day, at night glass pendant lights glow overhead, reflected in the mirrors which line the walls. The space also includes an intimate wood-panelled private dining room, lined with rare art books and posters. A dining destination for visitors to the gallery as well as a neighbourhood staple for those who live and work locally.

 

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Townsend  L to R: Joe Fox and Nick Gilkinson  

   
Townsend - L to R: Joe Fox and Nick Gilkinson

Townsend L to R: Joe Fox and Nick Gilkinson 


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Aldgate East Tube Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Whitechapel Overground Station
 
8 minutes walk
 
Shadwell Overground Station
 
11 minutes walk
 
 
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Arch Car Parking
 
6 minutes walk
 
Spitalfields Car Park
 
8 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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196 Bishopsgate Serviced Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment   from £125  23% off
196 Bishopsgate, EC2M | 8 minutes from Townsend
From studio apartments to one and two beds, 196 Bishopsgate offers a full range of self-catering flats that give you more independence than a hotel. Apartments ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
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5 Cavell Street, E1 | 10 minutes from Townsend
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Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London E1 | Same location as Townsend
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
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Between Middlesex and Goulston Streets, Spitalfields, London E1 | 4 minutes from Townsend
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226 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 | 11 minutes from Townsend
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Discount Suit Company
London > Nightlife > Bars
29A Wentworth Street, Petticoat Lane Market, E1 | 5 minutes from Townsend
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Smiths Spitalfields
London > Nightlife > Bars
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 5 minutes from Townsend
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London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Devonshire Sq, Broadgate, City, London EC2M | 7 minutes from Townsend
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Wilton's Music Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Grace's Alley, (Off Ensign Street), Tower Hamlets, London E1 | 8 minutes from Townsend
In the nineteenth century, Wilton's Music Hall was a great mirrored hall lit by a vast chandelier, with 27,000 crystals and 300 gas jets. Opera, operetta, ... More
 
 
 
 

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